a girl and her room

A Girl and Her Room by Rania Matar. Read the project statement here, purchase the book here, and see Rania's COOL AND THOUGHTFUL profile here.

Reem, Doha Lebanon, 2010

Reem, Doha Lebanon, 2010

Dima, Beirut Lebanon, 2010

Dima, Beirut Lebanon, 2010

Brittany, Boston Massachusetts, 2010

Brittany, Boston Massachusetts, 2010

Raissa, Medford Massachusetts, 2009

Raissa, Medford Massachusetts, 2009

Brianna, Winchester Massachusetts, 2009

Brianna, Winchester Massachusetts, 2009

Andrea, Beirut Lebanon, 2010

Andrea, Beirut Lebanon, 2010

Alia, Beirut Lebanon, 2010

Alia, Beirut Lebanon, 2010

Rania Matar touches on something profoundly intimate with A Girl and Her Room. She captures a phenomenon that is universal yet unacknowledged: as a girl myself, i recognize that there is a "life-ness" to my room, to our rooms. It's a something that escapes words, and here is where Rania speaks instead. When I first discovered this project, I felt so "gotten:" not only has Rania codified a phenomenon that I thought was limited to my own room, but she has also shown how that same essence, that same "life-ness" to a girl's room, exists across geography.  From Beirut to Boston, there is something about this special relationship we girls have to our rooms that is unbounded by geography or cultural context.